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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

An outside 2010 evaluation of the Tennessee Department of Correction's program to prevent inmates from getting raped by other inmates or staff members found the program was ineffective.

That's the same program that a 34-year-old rapist was enrolled in as an inmate classified as a high-risk sexual predator. A year after his release, he raped a teen and killed his wife on a single day.

"One of my biggest of criticisms of the program was it was just an educational program. It didn't have much of a mental health component," said Rosevelt Noble, a senior lecturer in the sociology department at Vanderbilt University who conducted the evaluation three years ago.

Inmates were given educational classroom material as part of the "self-actualization" program. Some of the programs included segments such as "Cage Your Rage," "Abused Boys, Wounded men" and "Recognizing Violence."

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